July 2005
Tune Up Your Gas Appliances

Schedule your annual check-up for your home's natural gas appliances this summer. Beat the heating season rush and have your appliances ready to run efficiently for winter.

A licensed heating and air contractor knows how to do the job best. They're qualified to deem your appliances' gas connections safe.

Keeping your appliances working properly increases their performance and efficiency. And the better the efficiency, the less natural gas the appliances use and the more you can save on your gas bill. Annual inspections also increase the lifespan of your gas appliances.

But saving money isn't most important. Inspections ensure your gas connections are secure from leaks, so you can rest assured that you and your family are safe.

Call your certified heating and air contractor today to schedule your gas appliance check-up.

Each gas appliance listed below should be inspected. Here are some suggestions for pre-check-up and year-round maintenance:

• Thoroughly clean out lint screen after each use.
• Clean the dust and dirt buildup around the dryer.
• Note for technician: Inspect the vent for nesting rodents and lint. Also check for proper venting to the outside.

Gas Logs
• Clean the glass and the air passageways.
• Keep the area in front of the logs clear of objects that may be a fire hazard.

• Routinely clean the glass, fans and air passageways.
• Note for technician: Inspect the burner, venting, pilot light, thermostat and operation of the blower.

Heating System
• Remove all dust and check for rust or other signs of corrosion.
• Change the air filter. Depending on the type of air filter you use, it should be changed or cleaned every one to two months.
• Note for technician: Check the inside of the unit. Inspect the blower, blower belt, heat exchanger and flue system.

Space Heaters
• Check for proper functioning. The flame should be blue and should not have soot buildup. The heater should not overheat or have a strong smell when in use.
•Note for technician: Vacuum debris buildup around the burners.

Water Heater
• Inspect the insulation around the water heater. The insulation wrap should only be around the sides of the water heater, not over the top. Before installing a wrap, check with the manufacturer first to ensure insulation wraps are approved for use.
• For better efficiency, fix leaky pipes and faucets. You can also insulate hot water pipes using pre-cut foam pipe insulation.